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Covid-19 control measures by province




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Provincial authorities are stepping up disease control measures as Covid-19 spreads throughout the country. 55 of Thailand’s 77 provinces have reported at least 1 Covid-19 case since the new wave of the coronavirus.

Here’s a run down of Covid-19 measures and advisories in some Thailand provinces, posted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.


  • Closure of educational institutions at all levels including tuition schools are to be extended until January 31.
  • Dining in at food outlets and restaurants of all types (except at airports) will be allowed from 6am-9pm. Alcoholic drinks cannot be consumed at food outlets or restaurants, though takeaway is allowed.
  • Meetings, seminars and banquets with more than 200 participants must seek permission from the provincial health authorities with strict disease control measures.
  • Closure of 25 non-essential businesses and places where people gather in areas including entertainment venues, theme parks, playgrounds, nurseries, boxing and martial art gyms and stadiums, horse racetracks, massage parlors, tattoo studios, beauty clinics, fitness centres. Other businesses and venues like museums, shopping centres and hotels must follow strict disease control measures.
  • All food and beverage outlets including street food stalls, restaurants, food courts and centres and cafeterias (excluding pubs and bars which are ordered closed) are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages on premises.
  • Venues allowed to operate must include body temperature screening points, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing rules, alcohol gel and handwashing stations, regular cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and mandatory register visits via the Thai Chana contact tracing application.
  • The public are urged to wear a mask when going outside.


  • Fresh markets as well as migrant worker residence buildings have been ordered to be closed temporarily until January 12.
  • Wat Laharn in Bang Bua Thong district has been ordered to be closed until January 14.
  • All educational institutions at all levels including tuition schools are to be closed until January 17 and are advised to apply e-learning systems.
  • Closure of fighting cock-fish venues and similar fighting venues or racetracks, snooker and billiard shops, fishing and shrimp fishing parks or similar activities, game stations, games and Internet shops, water and theme parks as well as children’s playgrounds or stations at markets, boxing stadiums and gyms, Buddha amulet stalls and centres, massage and bath parlours, elderly care centres (except for regular overnight cares).
  • The following venues and businesses are ordered to close from 10pm to 5am daily and are prohibited from selling any alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises: Restaurants, food parks, hotel restaurants, food and beverage outlets, food centres, cafeterias all food and beverage outlets in shopping malls, street food stalls as well as pubs, bars and karaoke venues.
  • A ban on gatherings including concerts and music performances at any venues as well as activities that would draw crowds. Household gatherings can be held while government activities can take place under strict social distancing rules. Religious ceremonies can be held under strict public health measures or should consider a virtual event format.
  • The public and venue operators are ordered to strictly follow public health guidelines. These include body temperature screening points, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing rules, alcohol gel and handwashing stations; regular cleaning and disinfecting surfaces; and mandatory register visits via the Thai Chana or Mor Chana contact tracing applications.

Pathum Thani

  • Closure of educational institutions at all levels, games and Internet shops, boxing stadiums, fighting cock and bull facilities, until January 15.
  • Cinemas, theatres, shopping malls, supermarkets, convenience marts, and markets are to strictly follow the public health guidelines.

Chiang Mai

  • Entertainment businesses of all types (pubs, bars, or karaoke) must close from 11pm to 5am. All customers are required to scan Thai Chana QR code. Number of customers must be limited to 75% of the venue’s capacity.
  • All self-service food outlets (shabu and BBQ) to switch to table service or seek prior approval for self-service option. Alcoholic drinks cannot be consumed at food outlets or restaurants, from 11pm to 5am.
  • A ban on gatherings and events with more than 50 participants.
  • All arrivals at any points of entry must register with the CM-Chana contact tracing application and self-monitor their health for 14 days.
  • Arrivals from the highly controlled areas are required to enter a 14-day quarantine or be tested for Covid-19.
  • Operators of accommodation of all types must collect the contact information of all guests and re-check their CM-Chana registration.


  • Mass gathering events and activities can only be held under the approval from the local public health office.
  • Travellers are welcomed but must strictly follow the public health guidelines.

Surat Thani

  • Arrivals from Samut Sakhon are to report to the local public health office.
  • Individuals who visited the COVID-19 risk areas are to enter a 14-day quarantine. Mass gathering events with more than 300 participants must strictly follow the public health guidelines.

For a full list of control measures by province, click HERE to read the update from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Covid-19 control measures by province | News by Thaiger



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    Frank Leboeuf

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Better late than never… We’ll be in full national lockdown in less than a month anyway, says my faithful crystal ball…

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    What sort of lunatic travels halfway across the world in a pandemic. 14 day quarantine within provinces in their own country.
    Idiots in ASQ with the prospect of even their hotel they booked afterwards closing for January.
    Everything closed and have to be tucked up in bed by 9pm.

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      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      Well Peter, some of us lunatic idiots haven’t seen our loved ones in over a year. So, 2 weeks in ASQ is nothing. I’ve been closed up in my house, since March, learned how to protect myself, and as such, I’ve weighed the risks.

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        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:32 pm

        That is a necessity not a choice.
        For family or business is a different matter.
        UK travellers may be barred no matter what.
        Glad you got back.

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    we have seen in the West that partial closures are not effective, if Thailand wants to stop the infection I recommend a two-month total lockdown, as happened in March, it will be able to eliminate the virus and start the vaccination campaign

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      Patrick Robert Marcel nouvel

      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:57 pm

      vaccination campaign ? Much Too little, much too late, unless they increase a lot more their buying, it will take 18 months at least to sort out the whole matter. 2 Millions urgently bought to china with questionable efficiency will be delivered for 100.000 persons in March, enough for 400.000 persons for April another delivery for 500.000 persons in April then will come the Astra Zenecca 7,5 millions persons able to be vaccinated may be starting from May, about 1 Million people per month lead us to end 2021 TTL may be 9 millions inoculated…another contract should bring 13 Millions more double doses but When ? we need 40 to 45 millions people inoculated to be efficient and possibly open the country at this time range about 2 years of supply. billions of Bath lost every month for the economy, jobless peak, the more we go the more suicides of the hopeless

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        Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:09 am

        Exacly, to late world included

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    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Lockdown, strict measures, and more and more scaring and liberty deprivation moves… Why? To have more jobless people, bankrupt business,suicides in exchange of a few lifes (only 160 deaths up to now) , and by comparison, 400 deaths on the roads the last week-end… and nobody is shocked !We need to live with the covid, not to make the cure worst thant the disease.

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      Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 8:18 pm

      you ignore what happens when the hospitals are past capacity. that’s when deaths increase

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        Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 10:46 pm

        the right attitude is: more tests, quarantine if positive, increase hospital capacity, and business as usual to avoid starvation

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:30 am

          “more tests” are unnecessary as Thailand uses a targeted, tiered testing system, complemented by an efficient track ‘n’ trace system, with testing of hospital admissions as a nationwide check / control.

          Far more effective than the failed attempts at mass testing the West has been using, which are next to useless unless done in far higher numbers, regularly (as the experts in the West have been saying for some time).

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:37 am

          “hospital capacity” for Covid cases can only be increased at the expense of other cases, as the West is starting to realise.

          While it’s impressive building Nightingale hospitals in days, they’re useless unless you have the staff to man them so with a finite number of trained medical staff the only way they can be manned is by taking the staff from other hospitals that are already undermanned.

          A child could have realised this when the plan was proposed, before the work and effort was just wasted.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:39 am

          … as for “business as usual”, denial is hardly a solution.

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      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:18 am

      Yes, let’s get rid of the nonsense. The first step with that, would be for you to stop posting.

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      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:16 am

      well catch the virus pass it on your family get one of them pass away cause of this crap and we will see what is your though after this. good idea?

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:48 am

        Excellent idea, Pascal. It’s the only way some people may understand this.

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      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:50 am

      JM, are you a neanderthal? Comparing COVID deaths in Thailand to road deaths is idiotic and the reason for the small number of COVID deaths is due to the superb job the Thai government is doing. You want some numbers to compare? Thailand has 70 million people versus the UK with 67 million people. With roughly the same population:

      UK COVID Deaths: 75,431
      Thailand COVID Deaths: 65

      Go ahead and google it. The UK is currently losing 1,000 citizens a day and will be over 100,000 dead by the end of the month. Who do you think has handled this better? Pull up the USA stats and you’ll find they’re losing 2,000-4,000 citizens a day. So stop talking about how COVID isn’t a big thing. It isn’t a big deal because of how it was managed in Thailand.

      Thailand doesn’t doesn’t want this. Why do you continue to minimize COVID? Why are you so dense? The USA and UK are all about the individual and civil liberties. Thailand isn’t. It’s about the greater public good. Stop spreading your BS which is what Thailand thinks it is.

      You probably value money over death. You can come back from financial setback but you can’t come back from death. Ask those that survived WW2 and those that didn’t.

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        Issan John

        Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:42 am

        Ben, I think you’re knocking your head against a brick wall.

        I haven’t been back to anywhere in the West for nearly twenty years as I’ve had no reason to go, but I find it hard to believe things have changed as much as those commenting here indicate.

        It’s hard to believe so many can be quite so uninformed, stupid and, above all, so selfish as many commenting here. I can accept the ignorance and the stupidity, but the level of pure, unabashed and unashamed selfishness is just something I’ve never come across before, anywhere.

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          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1:39 pm

          It’s amazing to me also. I’ve seen stuff in the last 4 years I thought I’d never see. They’re following POTUS. No empathy. No understanding of other cultures. Just me me me. The feeling of entitlement makes me sick. Guys like Toby who downplay everything and then get upset because he might be charged for the vaccine in Thailand is laughable. He thinks because he’s an all mighty Brit that he’s entitled to the medicine the Brits invented to save the Thais, for free. That he’s special. Please.

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            Issan John

            Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:30 pm

            Despite meeting a few seriously unpleasant people, such as Brothers Three and Four in Cambodia, I’ve honestly never come across anything like this level of selfishness and, as you rightly point out, entitlement, from otherwise apparently “normal” people.

            Times like this bring out the best in some people, but evidently they also bring out the worst.

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          Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 4:30 am

          Issan John, Todays events in Washington DC are an indication of how much things have changed since you were last here. These people are committing a federal crime by storming and occupying the Capitol. If these were Black Lives Matter protestors they would be tear gassed and shot on sight. These same people will tell you the virus is a hoax, it’s just the flu and you’re infringing on my civil liberties by requiring masks.

          In Asia it’s about the greater public good and everyone understands that. In the USA it’s political. My civil liberties above everything else no matter how many get sick and die. They’ll tell you the deaths are minor and that we have to live with COVID but it ultimately comes down to what you said – selfishness.

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        Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:21 pm

        Extensive testing, selected quarantine and normal business is the successfull recipe of Taiwan, not my isolated opinion.

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          Issan John

          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 4:04 pm

          Yes, jm, but as well as being “extensive” theirs is ALSO targeted and tiered – just throwing mud at the wall in the hope that some of it will stick, as the West does, doesn’t work (as the experts have said, repeatedly).

          … and as distinct from “quarantine if positive”, which is what you said, quarantine is also mandatory and checked for those contacts tracked ‘n’ traced by a very efficient track ‘n’ trace system.

          That’s VERY different to what you said. and suggesting that Taiwan do anything remotely like you suggested is disingenuous at a very generous best.

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        Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:36 pm

        Either you cannot come back from suicides: + 22% since the lockdown.

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          Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1:25 pm

          Yes the increase in suicides is terrible. They chose to die by their own hand and for their own reasons. People that are dying of COVID don’t have a choice.

          2,251 suicides in the first 6 months in Thailand versus 2,092 in the prior year according to the Bangkok Post article citing a 22% increase. So the increase was 163 over the prior year . Assuming that increase was 100% related to COVID (which I’m sure is very conservative) and adding 65 COVID deaths then you have 228 additional death due to suicide and COVID. Compare those figures to the USA and UK.

          UK Deaths = 75,431
          Thailand Deaths = 228

          Are you getting the picture?

          22% sounds like an impressive figure until you realize it’s 163 people. I understand you don’t care. Even if it’s 75 million dead you won’t be convinced otherwise and call it fake news. Even that won’t convince you your dog don’t hunt. Maybe your family needs to experience deaths first hand before you get it.

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:46 am

      Actually it’s been shown repeatedly that they DO stop a virus, but don’t let the facts put you off.

      … and masks aren’t intended to be PPE. They’re not to stop you catching the virus, but to minimise the chances of you transmitting it to others.

      Unbelievable that after nearly a year people still don’t understand this.

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      Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:16 am

      i dont agry, tbe only way to survy is by wearing escafandras, vacine will arrive to late, we all must change our oufit!!! Easy cheap and safe

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